SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW
Spiral (also known as Spiral: From the Book of Saw) is a horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger that was released in the United States in 2021. The film is the ninth installment in the Saw franchise. Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson feature in the thriller, which depicts police efforts to stop a Jigsaw-style killer.
Executive producers include the show’s founders, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, as well as Rock and series veteran Kevin Greutert.
After the success of Jigsaw in 2017, Chris Rock expressed interest in returning to the horror genre with a sequel to Saw. Jigsaw’s directors, the Spierig Brothers, were considering returning for a sequel but ultimately decided against it. In May of this year, the project was formally unveiled, with Rock polishing a script written by Stolberg and Goldfinger. The rest of the cast arrived in July, and filming took place in Toronto in July and August.
Spiral was originally supposed to be released in May 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Lionsgate released it in theaters on May 14, 2021. Critics gave the picture mixed reviews, with some praising the franchise’s new approach while others questioned if it had properly reinvented it.
Spiral Movie Release Date
Spiral was initially set to be released on October 23, 2020, and was distributed by Lionsgate Films in the United States. It was pushed back to May 15, 2020, in July 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film’s release date has been pushed back to May 21, 2021, replacing John Wick: Chapter 4 on the schedule. As cinemas reopened, it was rescheduled for a week earlier release on May 14, 2021.
Lionsgate confirmed on May 25, 2021, that Spiral will premiere exclusively on Starz in the United States on October 8, 2021. Spiral was available on PVOD in Canada on June 1, 2021.
Spiral Movie Storyline
Off-duty cop Detective Marv Boswick follows a burglar through a sewer drainage pipe during a Fourth of July parade. Boswick awakens in an active subway tunnel, suspended by his tongue, after being attacked from behind by a figure wearing a pig mask. He is offered a choice through recorded message: cut out his tongue and live, or stay until the next train arrives, killing him. Boswick is murdered by the train after failing to flee the trap in time. The next day, Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks is assigned a new partner, idealistic rookie William Schenk, by police Captain Angie Garza. Banks and Schenk examine the death of Boswick, and Banks notices a resemblance to the now-deceased Jigsaw Killer.
Meanwhile, a murder investigator called Fitch is kidnapped and placed in a trap where he must rip his fingers off to prevent electrocution in a filling water basin; he also fails to escape and dies. Fitch had rejected a backup call from Banks several years earlier, nearly killing him. Due to Banks’ relationship with Fitch, several cops began to suspect him of being the perpetrator. The station then receives a parcel containing a pig puppet and a bit of Schenk’s tattooed flesh. The police are directed to a butcher shop by a small vial within the box, which was previously a hobby shop where Banks and his father, retired chief Marcus Banks, would go.
Banks gets apprehended while following a lead and awakens at the warehouse, shackled to a pipe with a hacksaw nearby. He considers chopping off his arm but manages to get away with the help of a stray bobby pin. Peter Dunleavy, his former partner who was fired and imprisoned after Banks disclosed a murder he committed, is then discovered shackled in place. A massive glass-crushing machine stands in front of him, modified to hurl shrapnel at him quickly. Banks may either free him or leave him to die, according to a recording recorder. Despite Banks’ best efforts, he is unable to obtain the key in time to save Dunleavy.
Moving on to another room, Banks discovers Schenk, who has been the copycat all along, having faked his own death by using the skinned corpse of the thief who lured Boswick into the tunnels. He reveals that he is Emmerson, the son of the man who was killed by Dunleavy because he promised to testify against a corrupt cop. He also discloses that throughout Marcus’ tenure as chief, he purposefully sheltered corrupt officers (including Garza) in order to more effectively “sweep” the streets of crime under Article 8.
He hands Banks a revolver and a single cartridge, instructing him to either shoot a target that will save Marcus while allowing Emmerson to flee, or to kill Emmerson and let his father bleed to death. To save Marcus, Banks shoots the target, loosening his shackles, and drops him to the ground, before fighting Emmerson. The SWAT squad arrives shortly after and mistakenly sets off a tripwire, causing Marcus’ chains to tug him upward once more. Marcus’ arm gets fitted with a gun, causing the SWAT team to mistake him for the shooter and kill him. As Emmerson flees, Banks shouts despondently.
Spiral Movie Cast
- Chris Rock as Det. Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks
- Max Minghella as Det. William Schenk / Emmerson
- Marisol Nichols as Capt. Angie Garza
- Samuel L. Jackson as Marcus Banks
- Dan Petronijevic as Det. Marv “Boz” Boswick
- Richard Zeppieri as Det. Fitch
- Patrick McManus as Peter Dunleavy
- Edie Inksetter as Det. Kraus
- Thomas Mitchell as Det. Tim O’Brien
- Nazneen Contractor as Coroner Chada
- K. C. Collins as Det. Drury
- Trevor Gretzky as Officer Pat
- Chris Ramsay as Crack Punk
- Genelle Williams as Lisa Banks
- Dylan Roberts as Sergeant Morgey
- Ali Johnson as Officer Jeannie Lewis
- Zoie Palmer as Kara Boswick
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Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Samuel L. Jackson
Cinematography Jordan Oram
Edited by Dev Singh
Music by Charlie Clouser
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date May 14, 2021 (United States)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Budget $20 million
Box office $38.9 million